Local Heroes: Working Together to Save a Life, and Potentially More

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On Tuesday, May 15, the South Milwaukee City Council recognized local law enforcement and citizens for their work in serving our community, keeping us safe, and saving lives.

I’m recapping those stories on South Milwaukee Blog. Here is today’s story …

On June 6, 2017, the South Milwaukee Fire Department responded to Rawson Elementary School for the report of a pulseless, non-breathing person with bystanders doing CPR. Upon the arrival of SMFD units, they encountered a 63 year old female that was unresponsive and without a pulse in the care of bystanders whom had recognized the female in distress (Stacy Sanford), notified Rawson Staff to call 9-1-1 (Kaylei Sanford), and initiated CPR (Bakalarski, Drake, Hagen, Lira) until resuscitation efforts were taken over by SMFD personnel. The patient regained a pulse and eventually began breathing without assistance and making purposeful movements while enroute to St. Luke’s Main Hospital. The patient soon regained consciousness and, although confused, was oriented to where she was and what had happened.

While CPR was in progress, the civilian rescuers asked for someone to locate an Automatic External Defibrillator. Unfortunately, this school, as well as the other elementary schools at the time, did not have one. In the following days, dialogue was established in identifying a way to outfit the schools with AEDs. Upon hearing of these concerns, I reached out to South Milwaukee Public Health Administrator Jackie Ove and, through a cooperative effort of securing funding, ordering the appropriate equipment, and arranging for their installation, all elementary schools are now outfitted with AED’s. Without the interest expressed by the rescuers and the cooperation of the Public Health Administrator, Fire Department, and South Milwaukee School District, the installation of the AED’s would not have taken place. In this case, the saying that Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM) couldn’t be more accurate.

Congratulations and thank you to the following individuals!

  • Firefighters: Brad Sibley, Andy Mahn, Steven Bartlein (retired), Michael Landgraf, Jeremy Fronczak, Ryan Porter  and Tyler Anders.
  • Civilians Cassandra Bakalarski, Rachel Drake, Debbie Hagen, Nicole Lira, Kaylei Sanford, and Stacy Sanford
  • Public Health Administrator Jacqueline Ove

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